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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2011

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"Merlin: Season Two" (DVD) - Reviewed byJim Milton

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Synopsis

Merlin is back with even more magic, adventure and romance as the young wizard struggles to protect Prince Arthur in the perilous world of Camelot. While battling deadly assassins, mystical monsters and the most powerful sorcerers Camelot has ever seen, Merlin must work harder than ever to conceal his unique abilities, as King Uther redoubles his war against magic. As Arthur continues on his path from arrogant prince to the noble and just King Arthur of legend, we see the return of the one prophesied to kill him—the mysterious druid boy, Mordred. Featuring exciting new villains, white-knuckle stunt sequences, and spectacular CGI monsters, Merlin: Season Two is more thrilling than ever. 

Specifications

  • BBC
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG, 9 Hr 31 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • 5 Disc Set
  • Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Starring:  Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, Angel Coulby
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Sort of a Camelot: 90210, Merlin is a throw back to the "Young Indiana Jones" series. I am not a big fan of watching the teen versions of heroes before they became heroes. I found the story lines to be weak and predictable with dull acting. Costuming is wrong (Guinevere wears the same dress, show after show), stereotypical villians abound, CGI is unremarkable, and this all promotes the Arthurian legend somehow? Anyway, perhaps I am being a bit of a curmudgeon. Colin Morgan (Merlin) is delightfully clutzy and awkward. The arogant Arthur learns some valuable life lessons on becoming a good future king. Fun, but not compelling stuff. Teens will like this series, since they are the target audience.

Technical

Picture quality is soft, but often vibrant with colors. Some dark scenes are a bit too murky. Though the CGI is crude, it is better than Season One. Sound is DD 2.0, but the music score is bold and all dialog is crystal clear.

Extras

Cast and Crew introduction to Season Two, Cast and Crew audio commentaries, Behind the Scenes, The Making of Merlin, Photo Gallery and Wallpapers.